Howard gets past Glenelg Girls basketball

January 09, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The visiting Howard Lions overcame a shaky start and a height disadvantage with their stifling, full-court pressure and their dependable work ethic. The result was a 53-39 girls win over Glenelg that was not as easy as the score indicates.

In the league opener for both teams, the Lions (6-2, 1-0) passed several tests. They erased Glenelg's 35-23 rebounding advantage by creating easy baskets with pressure defense the Gladiators (4-3, 0-1) rarely could solve. They recovered from a poor first half of shooting that left them down 23-21 at the break. And what they lacked in size, the Lions made up for with hustle in the second half, as they wore out a tired Glenelg team.

"One thing we did was play smart. Howard threw everything at us, and we picked it up pretty well," said Glenelg coach Randy Wallenhorst. "On the other hand, we need to get in better physical shape. We ran out of gas."

"It amazes me how we win games sometimes," Howard coach Craig O'Connell said. "We didn't run our half-court offense for the whole first quarter. I was dying. But my kids sucked it up and worked, worked, worked in the second half and got the job done."

The Lions came out flat against the bigger, slower Gladiators, who surprised them with their man-to-man defense early and hurt them throughout the first half on the boards. Six-foot forward Debbie Snyder (nine points, game-high 14 rebounds) was the main source of frustration for Howard, which let an 11-7 lead slip away in the second quarter.

Another reason Howard lacked crispness in the first half was the absence of point guard Camille Powell. After picking up her second foul four minutes into the game, Powell sat out the rest of the half.

When Powell returned in the second half, a much different picture unfolded. Howard regained the lead on its second possession, pulled away to a 36-31 advantage at the end of the period, then went on an 11-2 run to take a 47-33 lead with 2:20 left in the game.

Sharon Ford led Howard with 16 points. Mona Jackson scored 14. Powell scored nine.

Carrie Ebersberger led Glenelg with 12 points.

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